According to Law No. 90-36 of 10 August 1990 on the practice and organization of the profession of physicians in Cameroon, the practice of the profession in private practice shall be subject to an authorization issued by the Council of the Order under the conditions and procedures laid down by this law.

The Council of the Order shall also decide on requests for a temporary replacement, change of professional residence or geographical area of activity, taking up activity after an interruption following a disciplinary sanction, under conditions fixed by regulation.

The authorizations granted by the Council of the Order must comply with the health map established by regulation.

Any authorization granted in violation of the health map is null and void.

No person may practice the profession of a doctor in private practice unless he/she meets the following conditions
– be of Cameroonian nationality and enjoy his/her civic rights
– be enrolled in the role of the Order
– justify five (5) years of effective practice with a public administration or a private
five (5) years of effective practice with a public administration or a private body within the national territory or abroad;
– produce a letter of agreement in principle to be released when he/she is in paid employment or
or is an assistant to a colleague practicing in private practice;
– be of good character;
– produce an insurance policy covering professional risks;
– have paid all their fees to the Order.

Unless there is a reciprocal agreement, a doctor of foreign nationality may not practice privately in Cameroon.

Applications for approval shall be submitted in duplicate to the Council of the Order against receipt.

The Council of the Order is obliged to give its opinion on the file referred to it within thirty (30) days of the date of submission.

The College’s decision shall be subject to the prior approval of the supervisory authority on the first working day following that decision. The supervisory authority has thirty (30) days to give its opinion. Once this period has elapsed, the decision of the Council of the Order shall become enforceable and must be notified to the applicant.

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